Sharma double flattens Lanka, levels series 1-1


In the second one-day worldwide against Sri Lanka - which India need to win to keep the three-game series alive - Sharma took the visitor's bowling attack apart, posting an unbeaten 208 off just 153 balls in India's team total of 392-4. Nothing worked for Sri Lanka against a determined India, rather Rohit Sharma, who played one of the most destructive innings in contemporary cricket.

He got to the landmark in 151 balls when he stole two runs after nudging a full length delivery off his counterpart Thisara Perera in the final over of the innings.

It was the seventh time a batsman had scored 200 or more in ODIs with Rohit's 264 against the same opponents in Kolkata in 2014 being the highest individual score in the 50-over format. He had hit just 1 six until his century which he scored in 115 balls.

Sharma's 213-run stand for the second wicket with Shreyas Iyer, who scored 88, also stood out on a hazy day in Mohali.

The first such instance of penalising the fielding team occurred this September just days after the law came into effect when Marnus Labuschagne of Queensland was found guilty of teasing the Cricket Australia XI batsman Param Uppal.

Reduced to 115/4, Asela Gunaratne (34) walked in to add 44 runs for the fifth wicket as Sri lanka crossed the 150-run mark with Mathews, nearing his half century.

Perera got three wickets with his medium-pace bowling but was still hit around the park by Sharma. Among the bowlers, debutant Washington Sundar picked up a wicket in his second over while Yuzvendra Chahal claimed 3.

"We had a Plan A and B and C as well - it didn't click". On the batting front, Perera concluded, "If you want to chase a score as big as this, you need starts and scores in the middle order as well". Angelo did really well, but it wasn't enough. "We'll come back hard in the decider", he said.

Sri Lankans failed to recover from Sharma's assault and suffered a massive 141-run defeat in the day-night game. Interestingly, today is the second wedding anniversary of Rohit Sharma.